City College’s Health and Psychological Services received a three-year,
$306,000 grant from the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act. The College was one of
four institutions nationally who received this grant.
The grant is managed by the Suicide Prevention
Branch within the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
RCC and the three other institutions join
19 other institutions who received a similar grant in December 2018. The 23 institutions
will work to develop a comprehensive public health approach to the issue of
“We will create basic infrastructure for
RCC by training and establishing key gatekeeper staff, establishing a peer-to-peer program, providing prevention education events, and designing a
crisis intervention plan in order to make referrals for on-campus programs and
community resources,” Renee
Martin-Thornton, Ph.D., director, Health, and Psychological Services said.
According to the Active Minds organization, suicide is the number two leading cause of death among students
and 67 percent of college students say they first tell a friend they are
feeling suicidal before seeking assistance.
City College’s student population reflects the socio-economic and ethnic
diversity of the region it serves, which suffers from higher poverty rates (16
percent of the total population and 23.4 percent of children) and low
socio-economic mobility (7 percent), both of which are indicators for higher levels
of daily stress that can lead to physical and mental health issues,”
Martin-Thornton said. “RCC is taking a proactive approach to student
mental health needs.”